True confession: I am in one of those seasons of life where no matter how much gets done there is always more to do. I check one thing off and three more get added to my constantly evolving and never-ending “to do” list. One afternoon as I was coming back to the office, I caught myself saying, “Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running.”
Some days that’s exactly what it feels like, and some days I wonder how to get it all done and keep my sanity – and here’s the thing, I know that I’m not the only one who has ever felt that way. This isn’t unique to me or to being in ministry – this is something that every one of us has had to figure out at one point or another.
Why? Because we live in a world that values productivity and efficiency in our work, and also in our personal lives. That push to do more and to get it done faster creeps into our families, our marriages, our friendships, and our personal sense of identity. We are what we do – and how well we do it is what will determine our value and our worth. So, if I don’t get it all done and checked of my “to do” list, then not only have I failed, I am a failure.
That’s the slippery slope we travel down when our life and our work and that push to do it all converge. So, instead of wallowing in that despair I have decided to reclaim the words of Psalm 139:13-14 – “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful I know that full well.”
This Psalm reminds me that our worth and our value are found in our loving Creator who has “fearfully” and “wonderfully” made each and every one of us. We are more than what we do. We are more than what we accomplish. We are more than our checklists. We are children of God! We are created by God and for God, and that makes each and every one of us worthy of love and compassion and respect! Our value and our worth are never based on getting it all done!
May that truth free us as we move through the busy seasons of our own lives, and may we celebrate our freedom from the tyranny of the “to do” list! Amen!